Gingerbread houses are fun Christmas decorations, but they’re a lot more complicated to make, especially for young children. But don’t worry – there’s an easier way to make a gingerbread house using graham crackers! Read on to find out how to assemble graham cracker gingerbread houses.
1.You will need the following items:
- 2 cake boards
- Scotch tape
- Food-safe wrapping paper
- Parchment paper
- Cake decorating bag filled with icing
- A cake decorating tip and regular tip
- Royal icing in white and green
- A cake decorating bag with different tips, including a regular piping tip, a large and small star tip, and a leaf tip
- Small red candies
2.Put the two cake boards on a stack and wrap with food-safe wrapping paper. Secure the whole thing with tape. This will be the foundation of the house.
3.Trim one quarter of 4 graham crackers. This will be the shorter front and back of a rectangular house. Full-sized graham crackers will be used for the sides.
4.Make a triangle for the back and front of the house. This is where the roof will be resting. Cut one quarter off the end of the two crackers. Find the center of each, and make a triangle by making two angled cuts.
5.Make two roof sections and use a cake decorating tube with icing to glue the two full-sized graham crackers together. The two crackers will form the roof for one end of the graham cracker house. To make the other end, repeat this step. Let the two sides of the roof firm up by placing them on parchment paper while you make the rest of the house.
6.Construct the four walls of the house by gluing them together with royal icing. Let dry for several minutes.
7.Add icing to the bottom and sides of four crackers and glue them. The gingerbread house will be about two crackers high. Let the icing set for a couple of minutes before gluing the triangular pieces to the back and front of the structure. Hold them in place for a few seconds until they set.
8.Place a thick layer of icing on the entire top edge of the house to cement the roof to the structure. You might need to use a glass or something with the right height to keep the roof in place as the icing sets.
9.Decorate the gingerbread house by putting scalloped edges to cover the joints. Work from the peak of the roof and move to the bottom corner of the house.
10.Cover roof with a layer of white frosting to make it look like snow.
11.Make a path in front of the house made out of broken candies
Do not make a large quantity of icing, as they might dry out. Make small amounts and keep making them as you need them.
You can use stencils instead of candy to decorate the house.